Riverside, Avondale, Ortega, Murray Hill

All the latest news relevant to the Riverside, Avondale, Ortega and Murray Hill areas.

Pest control expert shares tips on fighting Formosan termites

When reports of termite swarms and infestations are made, thoughts naturally turn toward older, wood-framed structures as sites for drywood termite nests. But when it comes to that nasty import, the Formosan subterranean termite, homeowners of all construction types beware. Formosan termites need and thrive on moisture, which can be found in and around any […]

City study uses bacteria-based product to reduce algae blooms

City study uses bacteria-based product to reduce algae blooms

It may seem counterintuitive but introducing bacteria into stormwater ponds could be the very thing that tips the scales toward making the waterways healthier.  The City of Jacksonville’s Environmental Quality Division (EQD) will be doing just that during an 18-month study of nine stormwater ponds during which Microbe-Lift, a blend of specially formulated strains of […]

Murray Hill on edge over impending decision on self-storage facility

Murray Hill on edge over impending decision on self-storage facility

Murray Hill residents are starting to worry the recent surge in popularity of the more-than-century-old urban community is becoming attractive for developments, such as a self-storage facility, that they feel could detract from the neighborhood’s charm and family-friendly atmosphere. “These types of developments will inhibit the growth and resurgence of Murray Hill that has been […]

Avondale demolition and reconstruction met with excitement, apprehension

Avondale demolition and reconstruction met with excitement, apprehension

Telltale blue signs posted in the window fronts at 3562 St Johns Ave. signify another change to the culture of the historic Shoppes of Avondale – this time in the form of a coffee shop and more.  The 7,200-square-foot structure that formerly housed an ice cream shop and two retail stores will be demolished and […]

More riverfront property primed for development

More riverfront property primed for development

More than one parcel on the waterfront is being eyed for residential development. Last month The Resident reported on a parcel along Lakeside Drive for sale adjacent to the Ortega Yacht Club condominiums. Now, less than half a mile away, another vacant property, adjacent to the Marina at Ortega landing, is under consideration for a […]

Waterfront property on Ortega River for sale with PUD

A Lakeside property and its corresponding Planned Unit Development (PUD) is on the market for $4.8 million. The Ortega River Club Condominiums is marketing a 1.27-acre parcel that was zoned for an 80-unit condominium in the early 1980s as Phase 2 of the Ortega Yacht Club Condominium complex at 4401 Lakeside Dr.             Originally part […]

Tax collector prepares to move Westside branch

The Duval County Tax Collector’s Westside office, currently located in Cedar Hills at Blanding and Wilson Boulevards, is making plans to relocate to larger space about five miles southeast at the Super Target plaza on Roosevelt Boulevard.             According to a legislative summary prepared by the City Council’s Research Division, the current location is too […]

Utility conversion from ‘poles to holes’ not popular with everyone

Undergrounding lines: cosmetic vs. critical A petition signed by 75% of the property owners in Ortega Point and some blocks south of the Point will assess 100% of 122 parcels more than $20,000 each to convert overhead electric, telephone and cable television lines to underground utilities.             For some property owners, the plan to move […]